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A bill to tackle environmental priorities is to be published by the government later.

It aims to improve air and ocean character, attack plastic contamination, reinstate wildlife, and protect the climate.

Environmentalists have welcomed various of relevant proposals, especially on restoring nature.

But they say on other lettuce concerns diplomats are going backwards – and they’re watchful to see details of the new policies.

Under EU rules, for example, the government has faced heavy penalties for failing to meet air quality standards.